Lauren Mechak

Director, Program Development

Lauren joined ClimeCo in 2018 and serves as the Director of Program Development. She leads ClimeCo’s efforts to evaluate new ideas for carbon offsets and other environmental commodities through technical, scientific, and financial feasibility. Lauren and the Program Development team work through all aspects of early project development, including quantitative carbon offset methodology drafting with major registries including the Climate Action Reserve and Verra. She has worked on projects ranging from industrial nitrous oxide abatement to nature-based solutions such as reforestation. While Lauren’s work is primarily in the voluntary carbon offset space, she also has expertise in compliance markets including California’s Cap-and-Trade and Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Prior to joining ClimeCo, Lauren received her Master of Environmental Management in Economics and Policy at Duke University. During her time at Duke, she worked with the university’s Carbon Offsets Initiative to help Duke achieve carbon neutrality and served as an Article Editor for Duke’s Environmental Law and Policy Forum. Prior to Duke, Lauren earned her B.Sc. from McGill University in Biology in 2013 and worked at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.